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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/22/22)

GLORIOUS~!

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Can Robert Roode break Bron Breakker?

Before he gets his rematch for the NXT Championship at Stand & Deliver, Bron Breakker must face the GLORIOUS Robert Roode! Will Roode make things easier for Dolph Ziggler?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Solo Sikoa VS Roderick Strong; Sikoa wins and advances to Stand & Deliver.
  • Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins.
  • Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Fallon Henley w/ Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs; Lopez wins.
  • Bron Breakker VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler; wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Kid VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga; Waller wins and advances to Stand & Deliver.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Grizzled Young Veterans; The Creed Brothers win.
  • GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta; Gunther wins.
  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo; Shirai & KLR win and earn an NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams pull up in a Bentley.

The North American Champion says, “We got one down, three to go. That means to more Melo-fication matches tonight to determine who’s gonna qualify for my A Championship at Stand & Deliver.” Trick says that’s right, and it’s either gonna be the viral superstar, Grayson Waller, or the Spanish Sensation, A-Kid. It’s either gonna be the Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong, or the Street Champion, Solo Sikoa. At the end of the day, it don’t matter, they’re all fighting for a spot in Melo’s ladder match. And as these two head to gorilla, we’re opening with one of those matches!

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Solo Sikoa VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens!

The bell rings as both men are already in the ring. They circle, Strong backs away to ropes and the ref keeps Solo back. Solo gets around but Strong turns things around on him as they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Strong lets off, Solo kicks but Strong blocks and sweeps the leg! Strong floats around, has the arm, and pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Solo and Strong fight with chinbars. Strong slip around to a chinlock but Solo gets up. Strong is a backpack but Solo shrugs him off. Strong shoves Solo but Solo SLAPS Strong down! Strong gets up, Solo headbutts him to a corner!

Solo whips corner to corner, Strong goes up and over, things speed up and Solo runs Strong over! Fans fire up and Solo stomps Strong. And KICKS! And stomps! And kicks! Solo drags Strong up, headbutts him, and fans rally behind Solo. Strong gets to ropes, boots but Solo blocks to CLOBBER Strong! Solo stalks Strong to a corner, fans rally up, and Strong knees Solo low! Strong CHOPS, forearms, CHOPS again! Solo ROCKS Strong with a palm strike! Solo rains down fists at the ropes but backs off as the ref counts. Solo drags Strong up to scoop and SLAM! Solo runs then DIVING HEADBUTTS! Cover, ONE!

Fans rally up, Solo stalks Strong but Strong goes to the apron. Solo drags Strong up, but the ref counts and Strong kicks a leg out! Strong YANKS Solo into ropes and shakes out his arm. Strong gets in, stomps Solo around, then rains down fists! Solo has his guard up but Strong powers through to get shots in. Fans boo but Strong lets off to bring Solo back up. Strong KNEES Solo low, stomps a hand, then drags Solo by a leg. Strong isolates a foot and then stomps Solo down. Strong drags Solo into a camel clutch! Solo endures and fans rally behind him. Solo fights up, wrenches free, but Strong knees low!

Strong runs, PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE!! Strong kicks Solo in frustration then stomps him on the head! Strong eggs on “Uce,” then brings him up. Fans rally as Strong clamps onto an arm. Solo endures, fights up, and he throws big forearms! Solo kicks but Strong blocks to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Strong rains more fists down on Solo, then brings him up to put on the ropes. Strong CHOPS! And CHOPS! Solo is stinging, Strong reels him in, but Solo blocks the suplex! Solo suplexes but Strong stomps a foot! Strong KNEES Solo down again, then brings Solo up to put on ropes.

Strong throws haymakers, but Solo DECKS Strong! Solo ROCKS Strong, has him in a corner, but Strong BOOTS back! And BOOTS again! Strong kicks a leg out, then KICKS Solo down! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Solo with a head ‘n’ arm clinch, and he gets a wristlock. Fans rally, Solo fights up and powers through to headbutt the ribs! Strong KNEES Solo again, then OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Solo survives, and out walks Santos Escobar? El Hijo del Fantasma is already in the ladder match, he’s watching this closely, just like Melo. Strong brings Solo up but Solo blocks the suplex. Solo TOSSES Strong!

Strong and Solo fire hands, but Solo DECKS Strong! And again! Strong dodges, but Solo blocks the kick to club the leg, CHOP Strong and HEADBUTT him down! Solo fires off hands, he has Strong in the corner, and fans fire up as Solo runs in to SPLASH! Solo fireman’s carries for the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this but Solo goes to the corner! Solo climbs, but Strong ENZIGURIS first! Strong climbs up, Solo resists but Strong throws body shots. Solo hits back, and he HEADBUTTS Strong down! Solo gets up to SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall (advances to the North American Championship Ladder match)

The A Champion tells Solo he just got a trip to Dallas on him. But will Solo go from Street Champion to A Champion at Stand & Deliver?

 

Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta talk backstage.

Indi’s Instagram has blown up since last week thanks to her TMZ article. Uh, Indi’s article? That gallery was full of Persia. Uh, check the first lines. It reads WWE’s Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis. They won, just like Indi proved she was better than Persia. Oh, please. Indi pulled tights. Indi is just jelly that Persia & Duke are more popular. 6.4 MILLION views of their steamy smooch. Jealous? Of her and Duke? Yeah, they’ve been best friends for 10 years, Persia knows Indi’s jealous face. #InDex is out, #Dusia is in! And Duke is way hotter than Dexter. Indi’s gonna throw up. Dexter will definitely beat Tony D’Angelo, and Persia can watch.

Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Tony D’Angelo!

The Tortured Artist is back in action, will he defend the honor of #InDex? Or will the Wise Guy of NXT look to use Dexter as a warm-up before facing Tommaso Ciampa at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as #InDex make their entrance. Persia & Duke are already ringside to watch this, will they like what they see? The bell rings and Dexter circles with Tony. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tony gets around to waistlock and SLAM Dexter down. But then Dexter slithers and Tony gets to ropes. Tony has Dexter back off and the two go again. Tony shoots in, trips Dexter, then talks trash, only to get cuaght in the arm ‘n’ head triangle! Tony refuses to be silenced and he elbows free. Tony clinches for a BIG Belly2Belly! Tony rains down fists, talks more trash, then stomps Dexter around.

Tony CLUBS Dexter, whips him but Dexter reverses to THESZ PRESS! Dexter throws fast hands, then runs to drop an ax handle! Indi gives a thumbs up and Dexter drags Tony up. Dexter bumps Tony off buckles, stomps and uppercuts and bumps Tony off more buckles. Dexter digs his fingers into Tony’s face but lets off at 4. Dexter throws body shots, then whips corner to corner. Tony staggers into a scoop, and Dexter hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! And kip up! Fans fire up and Indi gives another thumbs up. Dexter looms over Tony, then clamps on a camel clutch! Dexter CLUBS Tony down, then stalks Tony again.

Dexter ROCKS Tony with an uppercut but Tony kicks back and throws hands! Fans duel, Tony whips, but Dexter reverses to CLOBBER Tony with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Dexter drags Tony up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Indi pouts but Dexter clamps on a chinlock. Dexter grinds Tony down, fans rally and duel, and Tony fights up for a JAWBREAKER! Dexter staggers and Tony bails out. Dexter slithers out after Tony, blocks a punch to ROCK Tony with an uppercut! Dexter brings Tony up the steel steps, but Tony trips Dexter! Dexter hits off the steps, and Tony gets his hat.

Tony grins and pats himself on the back like Ciampa, then talks trash on Dexter, while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Tony has Dexter in a chinlock. Dexter fights up as fans rally and duel. Tony throws Dexter down, then clamps the chinlock back on. Persia and Duke are amused but Indi frowns. Dexter fights up, throws body shots, but Tony KICKS Dexter in the side! Tony CLUBS Dexter, reels him in, but Dexter lands on his feet out of the back suplex! Dexter DECKS Tony, DECKS him again, then ROCKS him! Tony ends up in a corner, Dexter frames the shot, and runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Indi has the thumbs up again. Dexter reels Tony in, BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Dexter stares at Tony as he writhes and fans rally again. Tony stands, kicks Dexter then throws hands. Dexter still clinches Tony but Tony elbows free. Tony kicks again, whips, but Dexter ducks and dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” and both men crawl to opposite corners. Duke “coaches” Dexter but it’s more of a distraction, and Tony wants his crowbar! Indi snatches that away from him! But then Persia snatches that from Indi? They fight over the crowbar, Tony grabs at it, but Persia lets go and Tony ends up flying into Dexter, CROWBAR TO HEAD!

The ref completely missed what happened, and Tony gives Dexter BADA BOOM! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Well when it comes to the crowbar, fogeddaboutit! Tony gets a win thanks to Persia, and now he gets the mic. “Tommaso Ciampa! You thought I was comin’ out here last week to pay tribute? Nah. See, I set the hook, and you took the bait. When I put you on your knees, you knew you were finished! The new Don of NXT arrives at Stand & Deliver!” But here comes Ciampa! Just not from the ramp! Ciampa turns Tony around, kick and FAIRY TALE ENDING! Ciampa gets the mic and gets right up in Tony’s face.

“Listen. You don’t get to tell me when I’m done. Stand & Deliver, that might be my final chapter here in NXT. And if it is, I’m gonna write my own damn fairy tale ending. See you in Dallas!” The Psycho Killer just got the drop on Tony D, will Ciampa #FightToSurvive in the brand that is his home?

 

Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.

McKenzie brings up the response from Ciampa to Tony, and Roode wants to know why they’re talking about Ciampa at all. The Dawgs dealt with Ciampa two weeks ago. Everyone has forgotten Roode is a former NXT Champion! He dominated here for over 12 long months! He took NXT to heights no one could’ve imagined. And without Roode paving the way, it wouldn’t have reached the level it has today. And it certainly wouldn’t have given opportunities to a guy like Bron Breakker to become a superstar. Ziggler says Bron is two weeks away from the biggest match of his life, but “big man” Roode will pummel him, pound him, humble him, and leave the scraps for Ziggler.

Bron is gonna find out he doesn’t match up to the former nor the current NXT Champion. The Show-Off runs his mouth for both Dawgs, but will Breakker break through the past to truly become NXT’s future?

 

Grayson Waller speaks.

“NXT Stand & Deliver is set to be the biggest show of the year, but there’s no way it’s gonna live up to the hype without THE NXT Superstar, Grayson Waller, on the marquee.” Two weeks ago, he was the Last Man Standing. And then on April 2nd, he will be the ONLY man standing on top of the ladder with the North American Championship, in a moment that’ll live forever. But there is one man standing in Waller’s way. The Spanish Sensation, A-Kid. He’s one of the best guys to come out of Europe in a longtime, but he ain’t Waller! The Waller Effect is global, and AK is just a stepping stone on Waller’s road to the top.

 

Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Fallon Henley w/ Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs!

Upset by how things were kept fair last week with the Mysterios, Lopez takes on Fallon, with the boys all backing them up. Will Lopez teach all of them not to interfere with Legado? Or will Fallon be fearless in her fight tonight?

NXT returns and Brooks & Briggs are coaching Fallon up. Brooks says Lopez is very beautiful, and Briggs smacks him. How is that relevant right now? Briggs tells Fallon to fire up and beat Lopez down. The bell rings, Lopez and Fallon tie up, and Lopez throws Fallon down! Then she sits Fallon up to SLAP her down! Lopez scoops, Fallon slips out and rams shoulders, but Lopez doesn’t budge! Lopez grabs Fallon by her hair but Fallon breaks free to fire off forearms! Lopez shoves, Fallon dodges and dropkicks! Lopez staggers, Fallon runs, but leaps into Lopez’s arms! Lopez HOTSHOTS Fallon, then stomps away!

The ref counts, Lopez lets off at 4, then she bumps Fallon off buckles. Lopez grabs Fallon by her hair to TOSS her across the way! But Fallon gets up to fire off! Fallon runs, wheelbarrows, but Lopez SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Fallon survives but Lopez stalks her to ropes. Lopez drags Fallon up and thrashes her around! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets go of the hair, and then she grabs Fallon by her hair again! Lopez thrashes Fallon around more, slams her down, then grins as she looms over her. Lopez clamps her hands into the shoulders but fans rally and Fallon fights. Lopez has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, and sits down to pull way back!

Fallon endures as Lopez thrashes her around again. Fallon fights up and pushes back to a cover, TWO! Fallon hits ropes, Lopez stands on Fallon and chokes her again! Legado gets in Fallon’s face, but Briggs & Brooks get in their face. And the brawl is on! Fans fire up as Briggs & Brooks send Mendoza & Wilde backstage! Lopez brings Fallon up but Fallon blocks the buckle bump to back elbow! And fire off forearms! And haymakers! Fallon whips, Lopez reverses but Fallon FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fallon fires up, runs in, BACK ELBOW, to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Lopez is still in this but fans fire up!

Fallon runs in, but she’s sent into ropes again! Lopez reels Fallon back in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Legado still wins, even without cheating. Will Lopez continue to climb the ranks until she’s fighting for the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Draco Anthony prepares backstage.

But then he gets a phone call. He ignores it, and then Xyon Quinn walks in. Another phone call? Draco ignores it again. Is it Joe Gacy? Yeah, he’s been bugging Draco all week. Look, here’s a video message. “Draco, you don’t have to live your life all alone. Open your mind, let me help you. Together, we can make your life much better.” Draco throws his phone and Xyon says Draco knows what he must do. Handle his business like a man? And Xyon’s got your back if you need him. Will Draco get Gacy to leave him alone once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo.

They’re Women’s Dusty Cup finalists, but what are their thoughts ahead of the main event? Wendy knows Dakota went to the finals last year and won it with her then best friend, so she’s doing it again this year with her new best friend, Wendy! They’re at like the same level Dakota and Raquel were at last year, but then Dakota went and kicked Raquel in the face… But then Raquel gave Dakota a Chingona Bomb… And now they totally hate each other… But that’s- Dakota has Wendy stop here, she’s had too much orange soda today. But yeah, Dakota and Raquel were a great team. And when Wendy found her, Dakota wasn’t sure if this would work.

But now, Dakota is sure she puts her name on that trophy a second time. No one else can say that. And honestly, Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray are great. But tonight is their night! Will #KaiChoo conquer the Dusty Cup and solidify their legacy?

 

Bron Breakker VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The Big Booty Nephew may be a kid, certainly compared to the veteran Dirty Dawgs. But will he prove he is worthy of everything he’s gotten in NXT so far? Or will the GLORIOUS One’s return turn the tides this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Bron makes his entrance. The bell rings and Bron circles with Roode. Fans rally with “This is Glorious!” as Roode and Bron tie up. Roode headlocks, Bron powers out, but Roode runs Bron over! Bron gets up while Ziggler gets on commentary long enough to say Roode will “set an example, get beer money and hit the road, man!” Roode shows off by doing jumping jacks but Bron gets up. They circle again, tie up, and Bron gets the headlock. Roode powers out, Bron runs Roode over! Fans bark it up and Bron drops to all fours to stare Roode down. The two reset and circle again.

Bron and Roode feel out the knuckle lock, but then Roode kicks low. Roode bumps Bron off buckles, throws haymakers, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Roode lets off at 4, and fans are torn. Roode throws more hands on Bron, but Bron blocks to fires back! Roode headlocks, Bron powers out and things speed up. Bron hurdles, things keep moving, and Bron catches Roode’s hurdle for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Roode bails out to regroup with Ziggler. Ziggler helps Roode up but Bron keeps them from running away! Bron throws hands and then warns Ziggler. Ziggler says worry more about Roode!

Bron throws more hands on Roode, then he puts Roode in the ring. Roode CLUBS Bron right down then stomps him at the ropes! The ref counts, Roode lets off and Ziggler tells Roode to punish Bron! Fans rally, Roode drags Bron up, and Roode suplexes high and hard! Fans are torn as Roode flexes and looms over Bron. Roode brings Bron up, suplexes but Bron blocks. Roode throws body shots, and he suplexes after all! But Bron kips up! “Big Bob” turns around and Bron CLOBBERS him! Straps come down, Bron runs in, but Ziggler saves Roode and Bron POSTS himself! But the ref clearly saw that, so he EJECTS Ziggler!

The Dawgs are freaking out and Ziggler says he can’t be thrown out, he’s the champion! But not even the NXT Champion is above the rules, and Ziggler throws a fit up the ramp as NXT goes picture in picture.

Roode is freaking out, but he goes back after Bron with stomps. Roode digs his boots in at the ropes, but he lets off as the ref counts. Roode drags Bron out to the apron to CLUB him in the chest! Roode puts Bron in the ring, and then a corner to CHOP him! Roode whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines, then turns Bron for a NECKBREAKER! Roode goes to a corner and climbs up top. Roode aims, Bron stands, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps focus as he drags Bron up for a neck wrench. Bron endures, fights up, but Roode clamps on with a chinlock now!

Roode grinds Bron down, Bron endures again, and he fights his way back up. Bron throws body shots, backs Roode down, but Roode kicks low! Roode turns Bron again, another NECKBREAKER! Roode soaks up the cheers and jeers while Bron clutches a shoulder. Fans rally up and Roode stalks Bron to the corner. Roode drags Bron up and puts him through ropes, tot hen rake the eyes! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and he drags Bron up to CLUB him down. Roode drags Bron back up, snapmares and he drops a knee! Bron clutches his chin as he writhes, but Roode brings him up as NXT returns to single picture.

Bron hits back with haymakers! Bron whips corner to corner, then runs in, into a BOOT! Roode goes up, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode is annoyed but fans rally up. Roode drags Bron up, throws haymakers, and he has Bron on the ropes. Roode whips, CLOBBERS Bron, and Roode winds up the arm to flex like Poppa Pump for the ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE, and Roode does push-ups! Roode laughs at Bron, and he stalks Bron to ropes. Bron throws body shots back! Bron whips, Roode blocks the back drop for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode gets back up and walks around to soak up the heat.

Roode goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Bron trips him up! Bron climbs up to CLUB Roode, but Roode hits back with body shots! Bron hops down, but he ROCKS Roode back! Bron climbs again, Roode keeps fighting, they brawl, and Bron sets Roode up, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Bron grits his teeth and fights through the pain! Bron runs to rally with big shoulder tackles! Bron boots and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Bron whips but Roode dodges, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bron survives but he’s clutching his neck and shoulders again. Roode gets up, and he winds it up! Fans remember this! “GLORIOUS~!”

Roode kicks, reels Bron in, but Bron wrenches out and runs to LARIAT! Bron snarls as he aims from a corner. Born runs in, but Roode KNEES him away! Bron rebounds, and SPEARS anyway!! Both men are down, Bron crawls to the cover, TWO!! Roode survives and Bron is shocked! Bron gets up, gets the bad arm moving, and he choke grips Roode, then trophy lifts him! But the bad arm gives up! GLORIOUS DDT!! But Roode’s ribs slow him down! He has to crawl over to cover, TWO!! Bron survives and the fans are freaking out! Roode slowly gets up, “This is Awesome!” Roode throws a haymaker, Bron hits back!

Roode throws another haymaker, Bron hits back again! They stand now, Roode throws a haymaker again! Bron staggers but he throws another haymaker! Roode throat chops! The ref reprimands but Roode fires off more shots! Roode ROCKS Bron, but then Bron counter punches! And again! And again! Roode goes to a corner, Bron runs in but into an elbow! Roode goes up, leaps, but into the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

The Glorious One made one miscalculation, and Bron comes away the winner! Will Bron be able to do the same at Stand & Deliver? But then Ziggler SUPERKICKS him down on stage! “That’s what happens! You will never be on my level! You turned your back on the wrong damn man! This! THIS… stays with me until I give it away.” Ziggler says this is as close as Bron will get to having the belt again, but will Bron show the Show-Off what happens when you sucker punch Bron?

 

Indi tends to Dexter backstage.

Big ice pack for Dexy, and Persia walks in to say that was a tough loss. What? Persia had the crowbar! Did she let go on purpose? Of course not! Tony yanked it away from her. Don’t make excuses for why your man loss. Duke would never do that. Persia says her man gets the job done in and out of the ring. Uh, that’s Duke, not John Cena. Uh, yeah, well Duke could beat Cena and any man on the roster! Dexter gets upset, and he goes to his drawing pad. What’s this about? This is how Dexter expresses himself outside of the ring, and bedroom. Huh? Nothing good happens when he draws. But Dexter shows them his work. Dexter dares Duke to take on Gunther! How’d he draw that so fast?!

Persia says Duke can of course beat the Ring General. Right, Duke? R-Right. Yeah. #Dusia leave, but has Persia’s mouth written a check Duke’s body can’t cash?

 

NXT checks in on Andre Chase University.

Bodhi Hayward makes a presentation on his fortitude essay. “Fortitude is something Mr. Chase says is deeply within all of us. Since I’ve been to Chase U, Von Wagner has constantly challenged this university’s and my personal fortitude.” Recently, Von sucker punched Bodhi, but it took fortitude to get up and come to class with that nasty black eye. He’s never missed a class and continues to support this school with his 4.3 GPA! What the hell, man? You’re just gonna raise your hand during his presentation, pouring out his heart to the class and Mr. Chase? Just wait until the bell rings, you dumb SOB! You wanna F up Bodhi’s concentration!?

Chase calms Bodhi down. Where did this anger come from? Who taught him how to talk like that? To be honest, Mr. Chase… It was from watching you. Oh. That’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever heard. Now Nell, you STFU and let Bodhi finish! And next week, Von Wagner gets ripped limb from limb! His ass is grass and Bodhi’s the lawnmower! Chase is fired up, too, but he has Bodhi save the rest of that aggression for next week. That was a teachable moment!

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Kid VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga!

The Spanish Sensation has already made an impact in NXT 2.0 by defeating Kushida. And though fans may not like it, the 21st Century Success Story has had his own share of impactful moments. But who will make the biggest splash yet by joining the already stacked ladder match at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns and AK has made his entrance. The bell rings and Grayson says AK should go back to NXT UK. But then AK ducks the haymaker to hit a headlock takeover! Grayson headscissors, AK pops free and has a toehold. Waller tries to kick AK but AK cartwheels through. Waller scrambles to ropes as AK kicks back! AK says this is HIS time! They knuckle lock, Waller kicks low and wrenches the wrists. Waller bends AK back, but AK kicks and goes up the ropes to FLYING RANA! Waller flops out of the ring, AK builds speed, but Sanga stands in the way. Waller gets in, but AK dodges him, springboards and arm-drags to dropkick!

Fans fire up and AK brings Waller up. Solo does the same as Escobar and appears on stage to watch this, as Waller drop toeholds AK into ropes! AK sputters and Waller notices Solo, but he brings AK up to put into the buckles. Waller goes to the apron to KICK the bar and snap AK back! Fans rally, AK rolls Waller up with a bridge, TWO! Waller hurries to suplex but AK cradles, TWO! Waller BOOTS AK inside-out! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed, he pushes AK around, and he drags AK up. Waller fireman’s carries, but AK pops out to RANA again! And then pop-up DROPKICK! Waller flops out of the ring, AK DIVES!

Waller hits desk, AK drags him up, but Waller puts AK in first. Waller slingshots and somersaults, but into a SLEEPER HOLD! AK has the body scissors, too, and Waller flails! Waller moves around, AK clings to him as a backpack, then shifts to a GUILLOTINE! Waller powers out to a suplex but AK slips out. AK ducks, goes up, but Waller gets him for an ELEVATED RUSSIAN LEG SWEP! Waller resists, somersault STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall (advances to the North American Championship Ladder match)

Waller snatches victory away in the blink of an eye! Will Waller make sure he comes out on top at Stand & Deliver?

Melo returns and he realizes, we still need that fifth man for the match! So here’s what we do: the three losers are in a qualifying TRIPLE THREAT! That sounds good to Trick, too. So then, Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid! And by the way, he may be A-Kid, but he’ll never be the A Champion! And tonight, Trick’s taking out A-Mama! AK ENZIGURIS Trick! AK gets away, will he earn himself that last spot in that big Triple Threat?

 

Robert Stone has Von Wagner watch a WWE Digital Exclusive.

See here? Just trying to talk business, and Jacket Time interrupted! What is wrong with them? Especially Jiro! Von has Stone calm down. One thing at a time. Bodhi next week, then Jacket Time. But the young lady Stone was talking with walks up to ask if they can finish that conversation. Yes, right this way. Is the new Stone Brand about to expand?

 

The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

While Julius & Brutus are preparing for the Triple Threat NXT Tag Team Championship, they are getting payback on who they’re 99% sure attacked them in the parking lot. But will Zack Gibson & James Drake defend their innocence by doing whatever it takes to win in the ring?

NXT returns and Gibson has a mic to say, “Lads, lads. Why are you so angry? I understand that you got jumped the other week and I understand that you think that it was us, but do you really trust those beef jerky ears of yours?” Gibson says he and Drake did not jump them from behind, because if they were to do that, they’d attack from the front! And they do right here! GYV mugs the Creeds, they throw Julius out and keep on Brutus. The bell rings, Drake starts with Brutus, and Brutus gets around to gut wrench suplex! Brutus goes Junkyard Dog, then he gut wrench suplexes again!

Brutus bear crawls up to KNEE Drake to the corner. Tag to Julius, he KNEES Drake back in! Julius tells Gibson to wait for his turn. Julius KNEES Drake, then pulls hair. Julius ROCKS Drake, but Gibson talks trash. This distracts Julius so Drake can jump on for a SLEEPER! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Julius, and then Gibson DECKS Julius! Gibson soaks up the heat and fires off more forearms. Gibson whips, Julius reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gibson flounders, Julius ruins in and waistlocks to then get the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Gibson grabs the ropes so Julius SLAMS him down!

Julius then waistlocks Gibson but Gibson elbows him away! Gibson DECKS Brutus, bum rushes Julius, and Drake tags in. Drake goes up and Gibson clinches, ENZIGURI knocks Julius down! Gibson hurries to set up, MAYHEM IN MOTION takes out Brutus! Fans fire up and Bivens scowls, and fans chant “You Still Suck!” Julius gets serious and brings down the straps! Drake runs in but Julius fires haymakers! Julius DECKS Gibson, DECKS Drake, KNEES Gibson, but Drake DECKS Julius! Drake fires off on Julius, drags him up to knock him down again, and then pulls on ears while he KICKS away on the back!

Tag to Gibson, GYV mugs Julius again with forearm after forearm, and Gibson shouts, “We told you!” Gibson says GYV should be at Stand & Deliver! Gibson DECKS Julius, then says it’s time to shut this down! Tag to Drake, Gibson Electric Chair Lifts! Drake is up top but Julius fights free! He POSTS Gibson, and Drake jumps to land on his feet! Drake leg jams, Julius CHOP BLOCKS him! Tag to Brutus, half hatch suplex to torture rack, for a RACK BOMB! Brutus then sets up in the corner, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall

Julius & Brutus proved they can be just as grizzled as Grizzled Young Veterans, but will the Creeds soon be NXT Tag Team Champions? Wait, what’s this? The tron shows a duo defacing the Diamond Mine dojo! They spray paint “DON’T CRY” on the walls, and pour out milk? One is texting, “Creed Brothers… You clearly can’t find us. So we’ll find you. Until then, enjoy the view.” Who is this that’s targeting the Diamond Mine? Will they pay going this far?

 

Gunther talks with Imperium.

There are no subtitles though this is in German, but it is obvious the Ring General will gladly teach Duke Hudson a lesson. Will Duke, Persia and everyone else be reminded that the mat is sacred?

GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta!

NXT returns as everyone is in the ring. The bell rings, Gunther and Duke circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Gunther finds leverage to put Duke in the corner. Duke dodges the chop to pie face, and Gunther eggs him on. They tie up again, Gunther headlocks, but Duke powers out. Gunther runs Duke over! Then scoops and SLAMS him! Gunther eggs Duke on, then stomps him down. Gunther EuroUppers, Duke JABS! And JABS! Duke forearms but Gunther kicks low to whip Duke to a corner. Gunther runs in but into a back elbow! Duke throws forearms, and CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS!

Fans fire up as “WAL~TER!” circles around Duke. Gunther sits Duke up to dig his fingers into Duke’s face. The ref reprimands so Gunther elbows him down and CLUBS Duke in the chest! Duke throws body shots, then haymakers and JABS! Gunther CHOPS again! And CHOPS Duke off his feet! Indi gives a thumbs up! Duke gasps and sputters while fans lose their minds over those soul killing chops! Gunther gets Duke in a SLEEPER! Duke gets ropes, elbows free, then whips. Gunther reverses, Duke duck san dodges, fakes out the Thesz Press and BOOTS Gunther down! Duke fires off, RAMS into Gunther again and again in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts.

Duke CHOPS, Gunther CHOPS again! Duke kicks back and facelocks. Gunther powers Duke up and over the ropes to the apron! Duke shoulders in, and slingshots for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Duke hurries to cover, ONE!! Duke is furious, he gets Gunther up but Gunther blocks the lift to wrench and LARIAT! Gunther sees Duke stagger up, CHOP! CHOP!! BOOT! Then SLEEPER! To GUNTHER BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Duke just learned why the Ring General was the longest reigning NXT UK Champion ever! Indi likes it, but Persia doesn’t. And Gunther gets on the mic to say, “I am the most dominant competitor in NXT! But still, I have been overlooked. And it’s an absolute disgrace that somebody like LA Knight can talk himself-” Speaking of, here comes LA Knight! Fans fire up as Knight goes right to the ring, and Knight says, “Lemme talk to ya!” But Gunther tells him to shut up! Knight will listen! Gunther says Knight is everything wrong with this great sport today! All this talking, very little skill! Knight can talk his way into title matches, but he doesn’t have what it takes to win them! Knight’s mouth gets him matches, but he can’t win them with it!

Knight tells Gunther to listen very carefully. If Gunther ever interrupts him, he’ll knock that block head off his dad bod, “ya dumb sonovabitch!” Knight will put it like this! Stand & Deliver is right around the corner! He was gonna use his words to set up a match, but since Gunther doesn’t like words, let’s try a different route. Knight throws haymakers on Gunther!! Imperium mugs Knight in return! They set Knight up for Walter’s kick! But here comes MSK! They run in and brawl with Barthel & Aichner! MSK dumps the soldiers out, SUPERKICK for Aichner! JUMP KNEE for Gunther, and an ENZIGURI, into Knight’s POWERSLAM!

Knight clotheslines Gunther outta the ring to top it off! Gunther VS Knight, who will survive at Stand & Deliver?

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Everyone knows I always wear my heart on my sleeve. Last week, I was frustrated and I was emotional.” He felt all he’d done was disappoint. His father was his hero and best friend, who lived and breathed this business. Grimes was in this business while he was wearing diapers. When Grimes signed with NXT, it was huge! But then shortly there after, his father passed away. Grimes vows that in his biggest match in his career, the final spot for the match at Stand & Deliver, he will make good on the promise he made to his father.

His father told him there are three types of people: those who just get by, those who try their hardest, and those who do whatever it takes. Next week, Grimes does whatever it takes. Will Grimes not just go #ToTheMoon, but to Dallas and the top of a ladder to win that North American Championship?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo!

The Scary Geniuses are united in their mission to destroy Toxic Attraction, while #KaiChoo want to etch their names into the history books. Which side wins to not only hold the Dusty Cup, but to get a tag title opportunity at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Shirai and KLR make their entrance. Toxic Attraction is ringside, having moved the lounge closer. The introductions are made, the spotlight shines on the cup, but now we see who shares that spotlight here tonight!

The teams sort out, Shirai starts with Wendy and they circle. They tie up, Shirai waistlocks but Wendy headlocks. Shirai powers out, things speed up, and Shirai hurdles but Wendy leaps over. Things keep moving, Wendy tilt-o-whirls and headscissors, but Shirai handsprings through! Wendy also lounges, too, and waves at Shirai. Shirai goes for Wendy but gets caught in a leg scissor! Shirai stomps the drop toehold away, then drags Wendy up and over. Tag to KLR, snapmare and KICK to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! KLR drags Wendy up to CHOP! Wendy dodges in the corner to fire off slaps!

KLR knees low, suplexes, but Wendy slips free to drop toehold! Wendy camel clutches for a GEDO CLUTCH! TWO, but Wendy dropkicks KLR to the corner! Wendy hurries over to tag Dakota! #KaiChoo crisscross and whip KLR into buckles! Wendy runs to BOOT, then Dakota BOOT WASHES! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags KLR up, whips her to a corner, but KLR reverses. KLR runs in but Dakota goes up and over and rolls KLR up! TWO, and Toxic Attraction look bored. KLR knees Dakota low, brings her around and tags Shirai. KLR drop toeholds Dakota to ropes, Shirai dials it up, but Wendy uses her body pillow to shield Dakota!

Shirai is annoyed and kicks at Wendy. Wendy ducks, but then Shirai mule kicks! Dakota kicks Shirai and whips her to ropes. Shirai reverses, Dakota reverses, Shirai reverses back and Dakota tumbles out of the ring! Wendy hurries over, but Shirai and KLR coordinate. Fans rally, Shirai whips KLR for her to DIVE and take out Wendy! Shirai then DIVES to take out Dakota! Fans fire up as the Scary Geniuses stand tall and NXT goes picture in picture!

Shirai & KLR tell Toxic Attraction to get ready for some of that, but the champs just roll their eyes. Shirai puts Dakota in, wrenches and wristlocks to whip her to the corner. Dakota hits buckles hard, Shirai tags KLR in. KLR drags Dakota up and CHOPS her against ropes! Dakota goes staggering away but KLR brings her around to whip into a corner. KLR forearm smashes, then whips Dakota in again for a GAMANGIRI! KLR brings Dakota around, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! KLR looms over Dakota, brings her over, and tags Shirai in. They mug Dakota, Shirai scoops and SLAMS her!

Shirai handstands to knee drop! Cover, TWO! Shirai clamps on with a CROSSFACE! Dakota endures, fans rally up and Wendy returns to the corner. Dakota fights up, throws body shots and forearms! Shirai hits back, they brawl with forearms back and forth, and Dakota ROCKS Shirai! But Shirai kicks low, uppercuts, uppercuts and UPPERCUTS! Shirai runs but Dakota gets around to TWISTING DDT! Both women are down and fans fire up! NXT returns to single picture, hot tags to KLR and Wendy! Wendy dodges, fires off strikes and CLOBBERS KLR! Wendy whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes KLR!

KLR goes to a corner, Wendy runs in and handspring FOREARMS! Wendy shoves KLR down, NAPTIME ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Wendy drags KLR up, but KLR slips around to Gory Especial! Wendy fights free, whips KLR into Shirai, and down goes Shirai! Wendy rolls KLR up, TWO! KLR drags Wendy up but Wendy fires off hands! Wendy ROCKS KLR, tags Dakota in, “This is Awesome!” as they put KLR up top. But Shirai yanks #KaiChoo down! Wendy throws Shirai out, Dakota BOOTS KLR! Wendy goes up top, SUPERPLEX! Dakota covers, TWO!! Toxic Attraction is amused now while Dakota can’t believe it!

Dakota drags KLR up, reels her in, but KLR fights the fireman’s carry! Dakota fights the waistlock, switches ands shoves, but KLR elbows her away. Tag to Shirai, FLAPJACK for Dakota! Shirai DECKS Wendy, runs in at Dakota, 619! Tag to KLR and fans fire up! KLR goes up, leaps, CANNONBALL! Cover, Wendy breaks it in time! Fans are thunderous, Shirai whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to POST Shirai! KLR has Dakota in the Gory Especial but Dakota slips off to kick and hop on! KAI-ROPRACTOR! Dakota hurries to the corner, climbs up top, and Wendy tags in! DOUBLE STOMPS to CHOO VADER BOMB!! Cover, Shirai dropkicks Dakota onto it!

All four women are down and fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” and still not over! Shirai blocks Dakota’s kick, reels her in, TIGER BACKBREAKER! But Wendy FULL NELSON SLAMS Shirai! Wendy drags KLR up, KLR HEADBUTTS! KLR Gory Especials Wendy, K L R BOMB!! Tag to Shirai and she’s right up top, OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Shirai & KLR win!

Winners: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (2022 Women’s Dusty Cup winners)

Toxic Attraction isn’t happy, but that’s because they’ll be facing two former singles champions who turned into a scary good tag team! The confetti falls for Shirai & KLR but Mandy demands they cut the music! The champions get in the ring and Mandy says everyone needs to stay where they are, she has something to say! “First of all, congratulations, ladies, for winning the Women’s Dusty Cup. Wow. Even though Wendy & Dakota blew it regardless.” But if they think for one second that they’ll beat Gigi & Jacy and become tag champions, they’re sadly mistaken.

KLR tells Mandy, “Do you know what, Mandy? We agree. See, when we got into the Dusty tournament, we had one thing in mind. And that was, ‘Destroy Toxic Attraction.’ And the best way to do that, is to go after the leader and take what’s most important to her.” Shirai says Mandy said she’d fight any woman for that title. So then… KLR and Shirai thought that they would cash in their tag title opportunity, but instead, they wanna make Stand & Deliver a FATAL 4 WAY for the NXT Women’s Championship! Oh, really? Gigi splashes them with her drink! And then Toxic Attraction mugs Shirai & KLR 3v2! But her comes CORA JADE!

Cora fires off on Toxic Attraction, but especially Mandy! Then Shirai & KLR dropkick the rest out! Is this going to turn into an even bigger match for Stand & Deliver than Mandy was expecting? Or will she make sure things stay 1v1?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT, especially with this as the penultimate episode before WrestleMania Weekend. We opened with a great match from Solo and Strong, and that was a great win for Solo. And then we also got a good match out of A-Kid VS Waller, but that was way too short and a lot of BS as A-Kid should’ve won fair and square while Waller should’ve cheated a bit more. But we got a great twist from Melo saying there will be a last chance Triple Threat. Grimes VS Strong VS A-Kid will be an awesome match for the go-home next week, and after Grimes’ promo, I’m thinking he wins. For one, Strong wants after Ilja Dragunov and the NXT UK Championship, that should be Strong’s Stand & Deliver match. As for A-Kid, maybe there’s still something cooking over on NXT UK that will give AK his big match.

Lopez VS Fallon was good, and Fallon has new denim shorts gear to fit her joining Brooks & Briggs. Lopez wins, though, she’s still the bigger name right now. Briggs & Brooks brawling with Mendoza & Wilde is giving us a tag match right there, Briggs & Brooks might find a way to win so that this faction warfare stays even. We got a really good Chase U promo with Bodhi following in Chase’s short tempered footsteps. The new Stone Brand seems to be caught up in a lot of feuds, I’m thinking Von beats Bodhi but struggles against Jiro. At some point, Von needs to have a dedicated feud or he’s just going to stay the big meathead Stone recruited.

We got a good promo from Draco, Gacy and Quinn, and I’m still pretty confident we’ll get Gacy & Harland VS Draco & Quinn as a tag match at some point. The promos between Indi and Persia were great in setting up matches, and the matches we got were really good. Dexter losing to Tony because of a mishap worked to give motivation to Duke VS Gunther, and Ciampa got the drop on Tony here to keep things even. Gunther/Walter fired off some serious chops, and he got a great win. Knight challenging Gunther for Stand & Deliver was great stuff, MSK making the save was good, and seems we’ll be getting a Six Man of Imperium VS MSKnight in the go-home.

Speaking of MSK, I swear it was those two defacing Diamond Mine’s room. Creed Brothers VS GYV was great stuff, and of course Creeds win to keep momentum, but there has to be something that exposes MSK as the culprits all along. MSK might as well turn Heel, the live crowd at the Performance Center still hates on them so they might as well actually have a reason to boo. Bron VS Roode was great stuff, and of course Bron wins to keep his momentum, and then Ziggler stands tall to double down on the math. Bron is definitely winning that title back, and then Ziggler probably just goes back to Raw.

And the Women’s Dusty Cup final was an awesome match for the main event. I figured KLR & Shirai were winning, but what a surprise that they don’t want the tag titles. There’s no NXT GM right now but I’d assume “management” will consider the Fatal 4 Way option of cashing in that opportunity. Is Gigi hurt? She barely brawled, and an injury is the only thing I can think of that would actually deny a tag title match at this point. I just have a bad feeling that this Fatal 4 Way is even more of a sign that Mandy’s retaining. She won’t need to use Gigi & Jacy as help, she’ll just play everyone else against each other.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/4/22)

Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!

The Super Jr. Tag League enters the final three rounds, and things are neck and neck! Will TJP & Francesco Akira prove they’re the best Juniors in NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kosei Fujita & Yuto Nakashima VS Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube; Oiwa & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Bullet Club; Hashi, Honma & Wato win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask; Taguchi & Connors win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Kanemaru win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 5-1, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-1, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-1, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 4-2, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

Time2Fly ran out of time and now they’re out of the running! But there’s always time to be a spoiler, so can Kushida & Knight ruin things for Bullet Club? Or will the #InevitableFinesse lock down a spot in the finals?

Bullet Club Too Sweets and take off the jackets. The teams sort out and fans rally up as Bey starts with Knight. They circle, Knight slides forward but Bey steps back. They tie up, Knight headlocks, and he grinds Bey down. Bey fights up to power out and spin around to headlock. Knight powers out but Bey runs him over. Bey swaggers and throws up the Too Sweet, but Knight kips up to run Bey over! Knight says he’s too fly, and things speed up. Knight leaps over the dropdown, but Bey dodges the lariat! Bey rolls and headscissors, but Knight handsprings through! Knight comes back to scoop but Bey victory rolls, TWO!

Fans fire up as Knight keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Then the scoop and SLAM! And the SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Knight keeps on Bey with a wrench and wristlock as fans rally. Tag to Kushida and Knight hands off the arm. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, tags Knight, and hands off the arm to another wrench. Tag back to Kushida, and the handoff continues. Tag back to Knight, they handoff the wrench again and again and again! Then they double wrench, double snapmare and double knee drop both arms! Fans fire up but Ace attacks Time2Fly! Ace CLUBS Knight, runs, but into the dodge, body shot, and knee lift!

Ace bails out while Time2Fly has their secret handshake. Fans rally up as Time2Fly build speed, but Bullet Club gets clear. Fans rally as Knight goes out after Bey and Kushida goes after Ace. They go deep into the crowd! The bleachers get a closer look at the action as the brawls go up the steps! Kushida makes Ace take a seat as he throws down hands! Fans fire up as Kushida stalks Ace back down the way. Meanwhile, Bey leaps to CLUB Knight on the back! Knight knees low in return, and CLUBS him towards ringside. The ring count finally starts, Knight EuroUppers Bey at 4 of 20! Kushida wrenches Ace’s arm but Ace CLUBS back at 6.

Knight puts Bey in the ring at 7, Ace POSTS Kushida at 8! Knight gets on the apron but Ace anchors him at 9! Knight kicks Ace away, springboards in, but Bey DROPKICKS Knight outta the air! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey rains  down hands from all sides. The ref reprimands about closed fists, Bey lets off and shouts, “That’s what it’s all about, baby!” Tag to Ace, he and Bey double whip Knight, then POMMEL KICK, and FINESSE IN MOTION! Feed to the drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Ace grows frustrated. Ace wraps Knight up in a headscissor squeeze!

Knight endures, rolls over and out, but Ace stomps him at the ropes. Ace drags Knight up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Then Ace has the mounted armbar! Knight endures, but out comes the ace up Ace’s sleeve! PAPER CUT! Fans fire up as Ace hides the card again. Ace drags Knight up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Bey. Bullet Club double wrench, double CLAW, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW! Fans rally up while Bey taunts Kushida. Bey drags Knight up but Knight throws body shots. Bey ROCKS Knight, reels him in and back suplexes, but Knight lands on his feet! Knight rolls under, hot tag to Kushida!

Ace tags in but Kushida’s up top, DOUBLE BRAIN CHOPS! Fans fire up with Kushida as he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Ace! Kushida whips, Ace reverses but Kushida CROSSBODIES! Fans rally as Kushida dodges Ace to PELE! Bey runs in to kick Kushida, then he runs, but into Kushida’s hip toss! Handspring, basement dropkick! Fans fire up more as Kushida roars! Ace rushes in but Kushida hurdles, drops under, and hip tosses into the ARMBAR! Ace endures, rolls, stacks Kushida but ends up in a Triangle Hold! Ace deadlifts Kushida to POWERBOMB him! Fans fire up as Ace gets free and tags in Bey.

Bey and Ace coordinate as Kushida rises, ONE TWO SWEET CUT- NO, Kushida catches Bey into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ace ROCKS Kushida, but Knight tags in on the whip! Kushida reverses, then drops under and Knight sidesteps for another drop and sidestep, then a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and says it’s time! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts Bey, Knight jumps, but Ace catches him to an Electric Chair! Fans fire up as Kushida and Ace kick at each other, and then Knight and Bey punch at each other! The brawl keeps going with Knight and Ace getting the edge! Kushida ends up in a corner and Bey sits on the top rope.

Kushida lets Bey go so he can dropkick Ace out from under Knight! Knight then gets up to JUMPING STEINER Bey! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts again, JET FLIGHT DROPKICK!! Cover, but Ace barrels in to break it!! Fans fire up, Knight throws Ace out. Ace is on the apron, he shoulders in and slingshots over, dodges Kushida and kicks him! POMMEL KICK for Knight, KNEE LIFT for Kushida, HEEL KICK for Knight! Fans fire up and Bey climbs up. Ace YOYO SLAMS Knight, then runs at Kushida, but Kushida BOOTS him down! Kushida runs to HANDSPRING KICK Bey! Ace returns but Kushida elbows him away.

Kushida puts Ace on the apron and runs side to side, but Ace jumps the sliding kick! Ace handsprings to avoid the sweep and then he PENALTY KICKS Kushida! Fans fire up again, and then even more as Knight DROPKICKS Ace! Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but Bey APRON CUTTERS!! Fans fire up for that insane intercept! Ace gets Bey in the ring, then he gets Knight in. Fans clap for Bullet Club as they ONE TOO SWEET CUTTER, and THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

The Time Jet crashes down! It may not be their time, but is it inevitable that Ace & Bey take the trophies for Bullet Club?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask!

As far as the finals go, The Wild Hips and the Flying Tigers are extinct. But pride is always on the line, so who wins more of that along with those two points?

The fans rally already, and Eagles gets them to “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Taguchi & Connors have their Sapporo beer, so Taguchi stars a chant of “BIRU BIRU BIRU! OI OI OI!” The Wild Hips drink up and are ready to go. Eagles asks if they have one for him. Sure! Fans chant “GO GO TIGER!” wanting the living legend to partake. Tiger says no thank you, maybe later. Connors has Tiger’s then. The teams sort out, Connors starts against Eagles. Fans rally as the two circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches. Connors rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches again.

Connors puts Eagles on the ropes but the ref counts the break. Connors lets off, but then knees low! Connors whips but Eagles holds ropes to block. Connors ELBOWS Eagles, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag! Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then RANAS! Fans fire up, Eagles calf kicks but Connors avoids it! Connors runs in but Eagles kicks him away. Connors ducks the boot, redirects and runs Eagles over! Connors hits Tiger for good measure, and Taguchi jumps in. Fans rally as the Wild Hips double whip but Eagles reverses. Taguchi ends up in the corner, Connors runs but Eagles hurdles, sending Connors into Taguchi!

Eagles arm-drags Connors, then baits him in again, and a drop toehold sends Connors into Taguchi’s BUTT! The Funky Weapon takes friendly fire and Eagles tags Tiger. Tiger drags Connors up to mule kick, Eagles KICKS, and DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Connors down! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps on Connors with a motorcycle stretch. Connors endures, Tiger turns him to have him down on the mat with an armlock. Connors fights up, Tiger wrenches but Connors slips through to throw body shots. Tiger KICKS Connors, KICKS him again, then KICKS again! Connors stands up, and Tiger kicks him in the butt! But Tiger is the one who takes damage!

Connors eggs Tiger on, Tiger KICKS Connors in the chest! Connors falls and Tiger shakes out his foot. Tag to Eagles and Eagles stomps Connors. Eagles drags Connors up, but Connors throws body shots! Eagles trips Connors but Connors kips him away. Eagles BOOTS Connors, runs, but into an ELBOW! Connors runs, Eagles follows, Connors drops and redirects to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down! Connors crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi storms up on Eagles and he gives a POINT-BLANK HIP! And another, and another! Taguchi whips but Eagles reverses, but Taguchi holds ropes. Tiger CHOPS Taguchi on the back!

Tiger holds Taguchi and Eagles hurries over to the apron. The Flying Tigers aim, but Taguchi avoids their double roundhouses to the butt! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Tiger off the apron, then brings Eagles into chicken wings. Eagles slips free, schoolboys and bridges, TWO! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS and PELES! Fans fire up with Eagles but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Tiger tags in but Taguchi kicks him low. Taguchi gives Tiger POINT-BLANK HIP after POINT-BLANK HIP! Taguchi brings Eagles over to sit him next to Tiger, DOUBLE POINT-BLANK HIP! And again, and again! Connors gets in and he grabs the Flying Tigers.

Connors POINT-BLANK HIPS Tiger, then POINT-BLANK HIPS Eagles! And back to Tiger, and back to Eagles! Fans rally as Connors goes faster and faster! Connors calls to Taguchi, but the Flying Tigers drag Connors down! They keep him quiet and Taguchi backs it up! STINK FACE for Connors! Fans fire up but Taguchi turns around to realize what happened! Connors flops over and Taguchi calls to him! “What happened, Clark?!” Taguchi is mad at the Flying Tigers for what they did to Clark! But then they both avoid his Hip Attack! Fans rally up and Tiger SOBATS! Eagles KICKS! Then SUPERKICK BUZZSAW COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Taguchi is still in this. Tiger drags Taguchi up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to ROUNDHOUSE! Taguchi flounders but Tiger brings him into double underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! But into a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taguchi endures but Tiger headscissors to keep him down. Connors CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles kicks Connors and throws him out! Tiger drags Taguchi up while Eagles keeps after Connors. Taguchi fights the underhooks but Tiger spins him around and victory rolls! TWO!! Taguchi escapes, swings, but into a backslide! TWO!!

Tiger SOBATS and runs, but Taguchi drops. Tiger sunset flips, but Taguchi brings down the tights! RED UNDIES! But Tiger turns hip drop into sunset flip! Connors tips it back over, TWO as Eagles tips it back! TWO as Connors tips it for Taguchi! TWO as Eagles tips it for Tiger! TWO as Connors tips it! TWO as Eagles tips it! TWO, Connors! TWO, Eagles! Connors, Eagles, Connors, Eagles, and then the cradle falls apart! Fans fire up as Connors and Eagles coach Taguchi and Tiger. Eagles and Connors then start throwing forearms and haymakers! Fans rally as Connors gets the edge. Eagles blocks but Connors ducks a kick, only for Eagles to land out of the back suplex!

Eagles dropkicks the legs out, runs, but into a HIP ATTACK from Connors! Fans fire up as Connors reveals HIS red undies! But Tiger ROLLING SOBATS Connors out! Tiger runs, into the RED HIP ATTACK! But Tiger stays up to BUZZSAW Taguchi’s butt! Tiger drags Taguchi up, underhooks the arms, but Taguchi fights to back drop! Tiger sunset flips, Connors breaks it with a hip! Taguchi covers, the Wild Hips win!!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tiger & Eagles earn 0)

Taguchi is so excited, he forgets to let Tiger go! Eagles has Taguchi release Tiger, that’s just insult to injury. But will the Flying Tigers be able to finish strong in the last two rounds? Will the Wild Hips keep on running wild until the end?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo!

The Black Mask y El Inmortal are so close to the finals, they can almost taste it! Will they be able to keep the tournament tranquilo? Or will the Murder Machine & Spoiler be spoilers for Los Ingobernables de Japon?

The teams sort out, but the House of Torture attacks! Dick stomps Bushi down while Sho kicks Titan against ropes! The bell rings, Dick kicks Bushi out and helps Sho stomp Titan. They drag Titan from ropes, stomp him more, but the ref reprimands. Fans boo but Dick tells them to shut up. Dick and Sho whip Titan to a corner, but Titan goes up and over Dick, only to get caught by Sho. Dick runs in but Titan back drops him up and over! Titan then arm-drags Sho away, and sweeps the legs to a cover. Titan lets off as Dick runs in, so Dick ends up stomping Sho by mistake! Titan arm-drags Dick and SHOTGUNS Sho!

Fans fire up as Titan ducks ‘n’ dodges Dick to RANA Him out! Dick ends up stuck in the ropes, Sho hurries to help him, but then Sho runs away as Titan builds speed! Dick ends up falling on the floor! Fans laugh as Dick gets mad at Sho. Titan fires up to build speed again, but both Sho & Dick duck! Titan slides, to SLAP them both on the back! Fans fire up and Dick and Sho are upset with each other. Dick hurries into the ring, as does Sho, and they’re going to throw hands? No, they hug it out. Fans applaud the House of Torture settling things peacefully, but then LIJ dump them both out! Titan & Bushi aim, but the House uses Oskar Leube as a shield!

LIJ hesitates, and that allows Dick & Sho to trip them up! Dick ROCKS Titan, Sho drags Bushi to the bleachers! Sho CLUBS Bushi and whips him into the wall. Fans rally for LIJ but Dick CHOKES Titan by standing on his neck. The ref reprimands them all, Dick stands Titan up to ROCK with a haymaker. Dick puts Titan in for Sho and Sho CLUBS Titan down. Cover, TWO! Dick CLUBS Bushi, Sho stomps Titan. Sho bumps Titan off buckles, stomps him down and stands on him! The ref counts and fans boo but Sho lets off to tag Dick. Dick storms up to ELBOW Titan down! And CLUB him, too! Dick covers, TWO!

Dick wraps on a chinlock to grind Titan down. But the ref suspects choking! Dick lets off and Titan sputters. Dick drags Titan up by his mask, snapmares then drops the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Titan gets away. Dick storms up and grabs the mask again. Dick taunts Bushi then brings Titan around. Dick wrenches an arm, hooks Titan up, and he starts untying the mask! The fans boo but Sho intercepts Bushi! Sho puts Bushi in a corner, Dick puts Titan in the other, and they both pull at LIJ’s masks! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, so Dick stops at 4. Sho keeps trying with Bushi so the ref reprimands him.

Dick puts Titan in another corner, and he goes after the mask again! Fans boo more but Dick lets off to tag Sho. They stomps Titan around, Sho laughs and kicks Titan around. Fans rally for Titan and he sits up. Sho gives toying kicks now, but Titan stands up. Sho eggs Titan on so Titan forearms, KICKS and SOBATS! Sho rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho stops to whip Titan to a corner, and he runs in to clothesline! Sho brings Titan in but Titan suplexes first! GOURD BUSTER, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan and Sho crawl, hot tag to Bushi! Fans fire up as Bushi kicks and whips but Sho reverses, Bushi dropkicks the legs out!

Bushi drags Sho up but Dick gets in to CLUB Bushi! The ref reprimands but the House double whips Bushi to ropes. Bushi ducks the lariats, sends Sho into Dick, then he DOUBLE RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi stomps Sho. Bushi drags Sho up but Sho swings, into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi keeps on Sho. Bushi bumps Sho off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in but Sho dodges. Sho returns but into Bushi’s SWING KICK! Bushi goes up the corner to leap, MISSILE DROPKICK! And BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up more and Bushi stomps Sho around.

Bushi drags Sho up, suplexes, but Sho blocks it! Sho bends Bushi’s fingers, CLUBS the arm, then runs, but into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Sho falls out. Bushi builds speed but Dick trips him! Fans boo but Dick tags in. Dick stomps Bushi around, drags him up, and he claws Bushi’s face! Dick runs but Bushi CODE- NO, Dick throws Bushi down, and then has the legs. FALLING HEADBUTT to the groin! The ref reprimands but Dick says he hit the lower stomach. Fans boo, and Sho has his wrench! But Titan springboards in to CROSSBODY Sho down! Fans fire up, Titan kicks, kick and SOBATS! But Sho rakes the eyes!

Sho runs, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Sho bails out, Dick kicks low and runs, but Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK! Fans fire up as the House regroups outside. Titan builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Sho & Dick and fans fire up again! Titan roars and he has the fans get even louder! Titan then goes back to CLUB Dick and put him in the ring. Bushi drags Dick up, he and Titan double whip, then Bushi runs in to back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Bushi picks Dick up while Titan climbs, MISSLE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dick survives but fans rally behind LIJ.

Titan aims at Dick, he runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Dick staggers into the CODE BREAKER! ANGEL IN- NO, Evil & Yujiro trip Titan up!! Fans boo and the Tokyo Pimp acts surprised. Fans tell Evil & Yujiro to go away, but Sho shoves Bushi into the ref! Yujiro & Evil then slide in and they all stomp Bushi down! Fans boo but the House of Torture laughs. The House whips Bushi to a corner, Sho runs in but is put on the apron. Bushi DECKS Sho, dodges Evil, and BOOTS Yujiro! Bushi sends Evil into Yujiro, and Titan springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK them down! Fans fire up as the House bails out!

Titan gets a boost from Bushi to go up, tightrope walk and QUEBRADA! Three for one as he takes out Evil, Yujiro and Sho! Dick rushes at Bushi but Bushi blocks the eye poke! Bushi kicks, Dick blocks and ducks the enziguri, only for Bushi to HEEL KICK! Dick staggers, Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture gets in its own away again! Will they ever figure out cheating doesn’t pay? As for LIJ, will they finish strong and get into the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Men of the Hour are fighting against time to stay in the running! Will Direct Drive & The Bad Child build back up? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

The teams sort out and Lio starts against Zayne. Fans rally at the bell as the two circle. Lio flexes at Lindaman, then ties up with Zayne. Zayne powers Lio back and shoves him to ropes. Lio runs, redirects, slips around and goes up the ropes to FLYING RA- NO, Zayne blocks and swings Lio up! Lio fights the bomb, Zayne blocks his kick and flips Lio, but Lio dodges and redirects again. Lio ducks the boot, shoves Zayne, but Zayne springboards to DOUBLE KNEE DROP Lio’s dropdown! Zayne keeps moving to MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Zayne brings Lio up. Zayne puts Lio in the corner and tags in Lindaman.

The Gleat Sauce mugs Lio, double whips him corner to corner, then Zayne runs in to back elbow! Lindaman runs in to add an elbow, then Lindaman sets up. Zayne runs to leap frog, but Lio gets under! Lio slips around Lindaman to shove him at Zayne! They steady themselves and rush Lio, but Lio handsprings under their double clothesline! Lio kicks but Zayne blocks it. Zayne hands that to Lindaman, but Lindaman ducks the enziguri and Zayne takes the hit! Fans fire up, Lindaman drags Lio up and scoops to SLAM him! Lindaman drops an elbow and fans fire up! Lindaman runs, but he fakes the elbow to BLAST Yoh!

Lindaman goes out after Yoh and brings him around to POST him! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh down, then digs his knee into Yoh’s neck. Lio goes out to CLUB Lindaman! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh but Lio CLUBS Lindaman again. Lio kicks Lindaman into the ring and he coaches up Yoh. Fans rally up, Lio whips Lindaman into the corner. Lio runs in to clothesline and Yoh tags in. Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow Lindaman down! Fans rally as Yoh kicks and forearms Lindaman. Yoh kicks low, CHOPS Lindaman, but Lindaman gets in Yoh’s face. They start shoving, then Lindaman thrwos forearms. Yoh ROCKS Lindaman back!

Yoh whips, things speed up, and Yoh drop toeholds to run and basement dropkick! Fans applaud and Yoh stands on Lindaman with a cocky cover. ONE and Lindaman gets up to ROCK Yoh. Yoh throws a forearm back, they go back and forth, but Lindaman knee slow! They scrap, end up in a corner, then out of a corner as Lindaman CLUBS and RAMS Yoh! Lindaman sits Yoh down to stomp a mudhole in! The ref counts, Lindaman digs his boots in but lets off at 4. Fans rally as Lindaman looms over Yoh. Lindaman scoops and SLAMS Yoh, then covers, TWO! Lindaman basement dropkicks Yoh in the back! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer as Lindaman drags Yoh up. Lindaman brings Yoh over, tags in Zayne, and Gleat Sauce DOUBLE CLUB Yoh down. Zayne brings Yoh up to snapmare and PENALTY KICK in the back! Fans applaud while Zayne looms over Yoh. Zayne sits Yoh up and hooks up an arm as well as the dragon sleeper! Yoh endures and fans rally up. Yoh fight sup, but Lindaman BLASTS Lio, then he dropkicks Yoh down! Fans rally, Zayne stomps Yoh to ropes. Yoh drags himself up but Zayne kicks him again. Yoh fires off forearms in return, but Zayne knees low. Zayne runs, Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks the NECKBREAKERS!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh and Zayne crawl, hot tags to Lindaman and Lio! The Bad Child rallies on Gleat Sauce, and he whips Lindaman to a corner. Lindaman reverses, Lio goes up and over, Zayne runs in but Lio hurdles him! Zayne runs into Lindaman, Lio runs, redirects around Zayne and then around Lindaman! Lio arm-drags Zayne then baits Lindaman into a KANGAROO KICK! Lio kips up to SPIN KICK Zayne! Fans fire up, Lio builds speed and DIVES into Lindaman! Young Lion Kosei Fujita keeps Lindaman from landing on the front row! Lio puts Lindaman in the ring and fans rally up.

Lio stalks Lindaman, builds speed, and SPEARS! Cover, but Zayne breaks it! Fans fire up and Yoh gets in to fire off hands on Zayne! Yoh knees Zayne in a corner, Lio fires off on Lindaman in the other. Zayne turns things around to CHOP Yoh then put him up top. Zayne GAMANGIRIS Yoh. Lio runs in but Zayne sends him into Yoh’s knees! Zayne uses Lio to get up and SUPER STEINER Yoh! Then Zayne GERMAN SUPLEXES Lio onto Yoh! Lindaman deadlifts Lio to another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Lio survives being thrown around and fans fire up. Lindaman drags Lio up again, Zayne aims but Lio ducks, the SUPERKICK hits Lindaman!

Zayne is stunned, Lio slides under him but Zayne grabs a foot! Zayne drags Lio away, spins him around, but Lio victory rolls Zayne so he can hot tag Yoh! Yoh goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Zayne down! Fans fire up with Direct Drive and he runs in at Lindaman! BIG back elbow, but Lindaman fires back! Yoh and Lindaman go back and forth and fans fire up! Yoh boxing elbows and runs to ROCK Lindaman! But Lindaman stays up to ROCK Yoh back! Lindaman runs to ROCK Yoh, but Yoh roars! Fans fire up as the two go forehead to forehead. They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS stagger both men!

Yoh kicks but Lindaman blocks, to a CHOKE SLAM! Lindaman sits Yoh up to KICK him, then suplex. Yoh fights that to suplex and FALCON ARROW! But Lindaman roars as he stands up! Lindaman swings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Lindaman flounders to a corner and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh runs corner to corner but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Lindaman rises. Lindaman drags Yoh up and KUMAGOROSHIS! Tag to Zayne and Zayne shouts, “ITADAKIMASU!” Zayne goes up top but Yoh sits up. Lio runs in and jumps off Yoh to CLOBBER Zayne! Zayne falls to the floor but Lindaman storms up on Lio.

Lindaman waistlocks, Lio switches but Lindaman breaks free. Lio fires off fast hands and a FOREARM! Lio whips, Lindaman reverses to SAYANAGI! And DDT! Fans fire up and Yoh JUMP KNEES! Yoh lifts Lindaman, tucks him in, SCHWEIN!! Fans fire up and Yoh PLANCHAS Zayne! Yoh puts Zayne in the ring, suplexes, but Zayne slips free! Zayne clamps on to wrap Yoh up, TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! Cover, TWO! Zayne has it, TWO!! Zayne stands up but Yoh ROCKS him! Zayne SLAPS Yoh! Zayne runs, but Yoh UPPERCUTS! Yoh runs, but Lindaman ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS and SAIDOS!

Lindaman drags Yoh up, Zayne SUPERKICKS into the GERMAN SUPLEX! DOUBLE BRIDGE, but Lio break sit up! Yoh sunset flips, TWO!! Zayne runs in but Yoh gets around, FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! Yoh & Lio win!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Zayne & Lindaman earn 0)

The Men of the Hour keep some time on the clock! Lindaman stands Yoh up to stare him down but Zayne and Lio keep those two apart. But then Yoh goes after Lindaman! Things seem to be boiling over between these two, will they and their partners make it to the finals to settle this in a rematch? Or will only one side make it to the end?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Catch 2/2 is still strong in the block, but they can’t afford to drop the ball now! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions secure a spot in the finals? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master get a massive win in the main event?

Gideon Grey is of course here to give the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and Kanemaru starts against TJP. Fans rally at the bell as TJP and Kanemaru circle. They feel things out, tie up and TJP wrenches an arm to a hammerlock. Kanemaru slips around, TJP wrenches him again, but Kanemaru wrenches back. TJP endures the wristlock, rolls and spins and cartwheels to bring Kanemaru down, for the twisting headscissors! Kanemaru kicks around, stands back up, and stacks to a cover, TWO! Kanemaru powers out of the headscissors to get a headlock. TJP powers out of that but feints the dropkick as Kanemaru holds ropes.

TJP and Kanemaru stare down but then run the ropes. They RAM shoulders, go again and both drop down! Then they both stand up, each man dodges a clothesline and TJP blocks a kick. Kanemaru tells him to put the foot down, and TJP slowly sets it down, only for Kanemaru to grab TJP’s foot! Fans applaud the savvy, and now TJP says to put the foot down. Kanemaru sets the foot down, to trip TJP with the other! TJP avoids the elbow drop, trips Kanemaru, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Fans fire up as they stand off. The clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” starts. TJP and Kanemaru back off to tag in Akira and Douki.

Douki and Akira talk some trash as they circle. Fans rally as the two knuckle lock, but then Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Douki powers out, things speed up and Douki hurdles. Akira shoves Douki to ropes, arm-drags him, but Douki arm-drags back. Things keep moving, Akira tilt-o-whirls and headscissors but Douki handsprings through! Douki dropkicks Akira down and fans fire up! Douki storms up and brings Akira around to CHOP! Akira flounders to a corner, Douki drags him back up. Douki CHOPS, then runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow. Douki waistlocks, Akira switches, Douki switches but Akira elbows him.

TJP runs in, gives Akira a boost into the wheelbarrow, and TJP BLASTS Kanemaru while Akira victory rolls! STOMP 182! Fans fire up and the Empire puts the crowns up. Fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip Douki to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira brings Douki up, but Douki fires forearms. Akira DECKS Douki then kicks him around. Akira stands Douki up, tags TJP, and the champs mug Douki. Then TJP scoops to SLAM, and he goes out to slingshot SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki up. TJP snapmares Douki to scrape his sole on Douki’s face.

TJP has Douki’s legs, he steps through, and turns Douki over. Fans rally and TJP SNAP LOCKS! And again! TJP taunts Kanemaru and Desperado, then he bridges for the MUTA LOCK! Douki endures but Kanemaru storms in to stomp TJP down! Fans rally, TJP drags Douki back up. TJP steps over an arm, and pulls Douki into a SNAP BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Tag to Akira, Akira runs, and hops up! “Take picture! Take picture!” ELECTRIC CHAIR SENTON! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Akira chases Kanemaru off then goes back to Douki. Akira drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots. Akira CHOPS Douki down!

Akira drags Douki up and ROCKS him, ROCKS him at the ropes, then runs. Douki does the splits and Akira tumbles out! Kanemaru POSTS Akira, Douki goes after TJP! Suzuki-Gun beats down the Empire, then Kanemaru brings Akira up to put on the apron. Douki holds Akira in place and Kanemaru DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tags, he covers, TWO! Kanemaru ELBOWS Akira in the head, then ELBOWS him again. Fans rally, Kanemaru brings Akira up and DDTs! Cover, TWO! CAMEL CLUTCH! Douki DROPKICKS TJP while Akira endures. Akira gets an arm free but Kanemaru ELBOWS him down!

Tag to Douki and Douki drags Akira up. Akira fires a forearm but Douki pushes him. Akira throws another forearm but Douki HELL STABS! Douki scoop SLAMS Akira, runs and DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Akira is still in this. Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps Akira around. Kanemaru toys with Akira but Akira gets up to ROCK Kanemaru. Kanemaru rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kanemaru throws Akira down. Kanemaru scrapes his sole off Akira’s face, then he BOOTS TJP down! Kanemaru stomps Akira to a corner, CLUBS him, but Akira hits back with forearms! Akira CHOPS, but Kanemaru rakes the eyes again!

Red Shoes reprimands, Kanemaru lets off to whip corner to corner. Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Akira, then he suplexes. Akira slips out, Kanemaru elbows him away, but Akira dodges the haymaker to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru grabs a leg but Akira kicks him away! Hot tag to TJP! TJP dodges Kanemaru, BOOTS Douki, then atomic drops Kanemaru to whip. Kanemaru reverses but TJP springboard LARIATS! TJP throws his shirt, free souvenir! TJP puts Kanemaru in a corner and fans rally as TJP scrapes Kanemaru’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH!

Fans fire up as TJP stands Kanemaru up for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP calls his shot. TJP goes to the corner, hops right up top, and MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Kanemaru moves. Kanemaru kicks and whips but Akira tags in. TJP dodges Kanemaru, Akira runs in, RAILGUN DROPKICK! Kanemaru falls out but Douki runs in, into a double hip toss into a POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Suzuki-Gun regroups outside. Akira builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on both Douki & Kanemaru! Fans fire up with Akira and he drags Kanemaru back into the ring.

Akira stands Kanemaru up with chicken wings, TJP SUPERKICKS Kanemaru and Akira lifts him up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Douki breaks it! TJP drags Douki up to throw him out, then he goes out after Douki. Akira fires up and fans rally. Akira reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru holds off Speedfire! Akira throws knee after knee, SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips free! Akira whips, Kanemaru reverses and dropkicks Akira down! Fans rally as Kanemaru crawls over, hot tag to Douki! Douki climbs up as Akira stands, MISSILE DROPKICK! TJP runs in to kick and whip but Douki springboards to BACK ELBOW!

Fans rally as Douki brings Akira up to a scoop, swing and SAHARAWI SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Akira escapes. Douki drags Akira up, Gory Especials, but Akira fights! Douki knees low, runs, but Akira kicks low. Akira waistlocks, half nelsons, but Douki elbows free. Akira still holds on, Douki breaks free with a leg to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Akira drops and fans fire up! Kanemaru storms in, he and Douki double whip Akira corner to corner. Douki runs in to clothesline, Kanemaru runs in to back elbow! Douki goes up, Kanemaru brings Akira around, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Douki covers, TWO!

Douki drags Akira into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! TJP runs in but Kanemaru dropkicks TJP’s legs out! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 endure dual submissions! Akira fights up, Douki pulls harder on the stretch, and he drags Akira back down! Akira fights around to reach out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot! Douki holds until Red Shoes counts 4. Kanemaru lets TJP go while Douki goes to the apron. Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” as Douki slingshots, DAY- NO, Akira blocks, shoves, and slips around to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Kanemaru gets in and dropkicks Akira’s legs out!

TJP runs in, dodges Kanemaru and ROLLING SOBATS him down! Douki LARIATS TJP down! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Akira and Douki stir while TJP and Kanemaru bail out. Fans rally, Gideon coaches Akira, and Akira sits up. Douki grabs Akira’s hair and brings him around. Douki ROCKS Akira with a forearm, but Akira ROCKS Douki back. They stand up and Douki ROCKS Akira! Akira ROCKS Douki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up! Akira gets the edge, but Douki HELL STABS! Akira SUPERKICKS! Akira runs, but Douki ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Douki runs again, but into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER!

Akira drags Douki up for SPEEDFIRE! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru BOOTS TJP but Akira DOUBLE CHOPS Kanemaru! Akira runs, but Kanemaru sends Red Shoes into him! ENZIGURI! Akira falls and Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Kanemaru tags a big swig, but TJP Electric Chair Lifts him! Akira hurries up top, but Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS him down! Kanemaru slips off TJP, Gideon gets on the apron, so Kanemaru shoves TJP that way! TJP stops himself, ducks, and the WHISKEY MIST hits Gideon! TJP kicks Kanemaru, whips him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to DDT TJP down!

Fans fire up as TJP bails out and Douki aims at Akira! DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans are thunderous! Douki roars, he drags Akira around to wheelbarrow! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!!! Bridging cover, DOUKI & KANEMARU WIN!!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TJP & Akira earn 0)

Incredible! Did we just witness a miracle?! If not, we at least saw the biggest upset in Super Jr. Tag League ever! Will Catch 2/2 end up missing the tournament finals because of this loss? Or can they still lock down a spot in the final rounds?

As for Suzuki-Gun, Douki gets the mic to say, in English, “Hey! Hey, champions! Hey, look at me. You guys have many, many cool tag team moves. But this is real tag teamwork! Okay, get out. This is Douki’s time. Get out.” Fans cheer and Catch 2/2 move on. Fans cheer Douki on and he says, in Japanese, “We just beat the tag team champions! That deserves a bigger cheer, right?” Fans fire up for Douki, and he continues to say, “We just turned this tournament upside-down! Keep your eyes on us!” Fans cheer as Douki drops the mic. Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master may not be in the running, but will they be waiting on the other side of WrestleKingdom?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for Super Junior Tag League, and what a wild main event. Douki & Kanemaru beating the tag team champions was not expected at all, and that is great stuff for them. It won’t get them into the tournament finals but they could come around and win the titles at some other point. The Wild Hips VS Flying Tigers was a very entertaining match, as to be expected with every Taguchi match. Taguchi & Connors get the win, not that it changes where they’re going in the tournament, but I wonder if Connors & Taguchi stick together past the tournament given that great chemistry.

And something else that was very interesting was Yoh and Lindaman getting at each other even after the match. I don’t know the story behind that, but I would think it’s for kayfabe. NJPW isn’t the kind to let things get heated backstage and then spill over into the ring, so this could be to set up a feud between Yoh & Lio VS Zayne & Lindaman in the background of the tag title scene.

My Score: 8.8/10


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We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luck Fale VS Ryohei Oiwa; Fale wins.
  • Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Master Wato, KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!

The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance.  And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!

The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!

The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!

Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!

Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!

Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!

Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!

Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!

Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?

Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!

Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!

The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.

Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!

Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!

Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!

Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!

Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?

 

World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?

Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!

Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.

The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.

Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!

The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!

Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!

Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!

Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!

The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?

Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and  Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.

Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.

Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.

Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!

They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!

Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.

Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.

Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.

Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.

Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!

ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!

Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?

As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”

Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”

Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.

Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.

My Score: 8.7/10


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